Spearheaded by CommonBond and Endorsed by Mayor de Blasio, Annual Initiative Features Female Founders Event and Social Media Campaign
NEW YORK – October 8, 2018 – For the second year, CommonBond and partners are celebrating women in technology and encouraging women to pursue technology careers. CommonBond, a financial technology company that helps lower the cost of student debt in the U.S., today launches the second annual Women in TechWeek, which runs through October 12. Together with founding partners includingBetterment, Boxed, and Duolingo, CommonBond created Women in Tech Week to recognize the contributions of women in technology and support the next generation of women leaders.
NewYork City Mayor Bill de Blasio has praised Women in Tech Week, saying, “Women in Tech Week will… [encourage] the next generation of women leaders to pursue careers in the industry. I am proud to join in applauding CommonBond and all of this event’s organizers for continuing to accelerate the growth of New York’s diverse tech industry as we strive to build a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow.”
There are two ways to get involved with Women in Tech Week 2018:
Asocial media campaign to support the next generation of women in tech:
CommonBond has partnered with Girls Who Code to help fund the next generation of women technologists. CommonBond will donate to Girls Who Code for each social media post that:
• Answers the question “Why do you support women in tech?”
• Includes hashtag #2018WITW. Proceeds driven from social media posts will fund scholarships for girls in middle and high school.
A female founders event to encourage and inspire women in tech:
On October 9, six co-founders from PolicyGenius, Fairygodboss, NextGenVest, and others will share their stories with students and professionals pursuing technology careers at an event in New York City.
“It’s fundamentally important for technology companies to create environments that empower every single employee to pursue their professional goals,” said Bethany Hill, director of communications at CommonBond. “We want to do everything we can to inspire and encourage women to launch and grow careers in the tech industry. Together with our partners, our aim is to show how worthwhile a tech career can be for everyone.”
Women in Tech Week is part of CommonBond’s ongoing commitment to positively affect social change. CommonBond believes that business can and should be a positive force for social change and is the first and only company in finance with a“1-for-1” social mission: for every loan CommonBond funds, it also funds the education of a child in need, through a partnership with Pencils of Promise.The company also sponsors the annual CommonBond Social Impact Award, which grants scholarships to the country’s top social entrepreneurs.
Additional information about Women in Tech Week can be found at witw.commonbond.co.
CommonBond is a financial technology company on a mission to give students and graduates more affordable, transparent, and simple ways to pay for higher education. The company offers loans to current students, refinance loans to college graduates, and a suite of student loan repayment benefits to employees through its CommonBond for Business™ program. By designing a better student loan experience, that combines advanced technology with competitive rates and award-winning customer service, CommonBond has funded over $2 billion in loans for its members. CommonBond is also the first and only finance company with a "1-for-1" social mission: for every loan it funds, CommonBond also funds the education of a child in need, through its partnership withPencils of Promise. For more information, visit www.commonbond.co.